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In Favour of a Certain Type

I don’t have many celebrity crushes. I think I’m too aware of not always getting what you see, especially with actors. Characters on the other hand… yeah, I crush on plenty of imaginary people. And they tend to have certain things in common.

RogerDelgadoThe earliest crush I remember having is the Master. The perfect foil to Who’s Doctor, he was clever and witty, with a serving of snark for good measure. He was also a good antidote to the Doctor’s sometimes sanctimonious attitude. Because I’m Old School Who, my favourite incarnation of the Master is Roger Delgado, the first actor to portray him. Roger’s performances are fabulous, mixing charm with icy determination to create a villain audiences love to hate.

SpikeMoving on from the Master and Doctor Who, I was a fan of Buffy. My level of fan cranked up with the arrival of Spike. Though bleached blond hair doesn’t usually do anything for me, Spike’s blunt Britishness definitely appealed. He was almost constantly irritated and I loved that. Then there was the snark and a penchant for a long leather coat.

I don’t know why, but those things combined make my lady parts fizz.

craisWhich leads me onto my next crush, and boy was this a biggun. Captain Bialar Crais. From the moment he stalked onto the bridge of his ship, I was a gonner. And then he spoke. Dear heaven, but that accent is sexy. He’d a lot of the things I liked going on actually – coat, accent, attitude, darkly exotic looks. And then the writers gave Crais a Tragic Backstory. His arc is probably one of the best in sci fi. He goes from manic villain through calculating ally to redeemed hero. Twelve years on and I’m still not over his rude exit.

Crais was the first character to interest me enough to write about. Doing that involved reading interviews with actor Lani Tupu, and the more I read, the more my crush grew to encompass him as well as the character. When there was a chance to meet him, I dived at it, even though it meant travelling all the way to Los Angeles. On my own. But it also meant having the opportunity to chat and he was as lovely as I expected him to be. I still follow him on Facebook.

The other sci fi show I was into at the same time as Farscape, was Stargate SG-1. Not having the same emotional attachment (I was in love with Crais and have never watched beyond his death), I’ve rewatched the whole thing over and over. I guess that’s how it started. The clue should have been in finding the later episodes more appealing, but it literally didn’t hit me until Samantha Carter hit him. I can’t even tell you how many times I’d seen The Quest before, but this one day, watching Baal sprawl in the dirt with a bloodied nose, something clicked.

cms3Going back over older episodes, there were indicators as to why – he fitted the Certain Type. Heck, Baal embodied the Certain Type. Darkly handsome, witty, intelligent, snarky as hell, penchant for leather and destruction. When I caught Ex Deus Machina for the first time, with the building that was actually a bomb (literally – the walls were imbued with explosives), I was lost.

Baal is a really fun villain to watch. He has moments of utter genius (see above) and ones where I wonder what the heck he’s thinking. As he becomes a sort of ally to SG-1, he develops a skewed sense of humour and the ability to go about the right thing completely the wrong way. Trying to unify the Jaffa by brainwashing members sticks out fairly well as an example. Even in the post-series movie Continuum, his main reason for subjegating Earth was to save it from the rest of the Goa’uld System Lords.

The way Cliff Simon played him is incredible. I rewatch and rewatch and still find new layers. EDM was on just the other day and I realised the Baal clone goads the Jaffa into killing him because that was always going to be the end result and that way he’s not being tortured into giving answers.

That clearly indicates I’m not over this crush yet. I doubt I ever will be.

The Best Advice

I can give to aspiring authors is the same that inspires me to keep writing, keep submitting, keep pushing. It doesn’t come from another author. It comes from an actor. THE actor whose words first nudged me into sending a manuscript into the ether and continues to inspire and encourage me in the most amazing way. A man I had the utmost pleasure of meeting at the start of June, and who is incredible in every which way (yes, I know I’m fangirling. Hush.)

 

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Misa Buckley is a sci fi geek who escapes the crazy of raising five children by creating imaginary characters who experience adventure, romance and really hot sex on their way to a happily-ever-after. You can keep up to date with Misa’s latest news by following her on Twitter or at her website.

Just A Lil’ Crush

Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that I have the smallest of crushes on a certain actor. And with good reason – he’s handsome, ripped and has the sexiest voice on the planet. But, you know, beauty is only skin deep and the cutest guy ever is just a cute guy unless there’s more to him than looks.

Cliff SimonMeet Cliff Simon. Cute, huh? This guy has been everywhere and done just about everything. Seriously. As a teen he was a gymnast and Olympic-standard swimmer. He’s been a lifeguard, a rescue scuba diver, and windsurfing and water-skiing teacher (something of a water baby, heh). He trained as an acrobat and performed all over the world, including a year at the Moulin Rouge. And he’s used those good looks to the max as a model in ramp, print and television commercials.

So far, so shallow? Perhaps, but there’s more to Cliff than performing for a camera. He’s an activist with Ocean Minded and sponsor for KarmaRescue (he used to foster, but recently adopted a dog on a full-time basis). Yeah, cute AND an animal lover – are you on-board yet?

Fine. You guy are such hard work!

But I can give you more, because Cliff is on Twitter. And he chats to his fans. He’s all the maturity of a 12 year old, but that’s precisely one of the reasons those fans love him. Nothing will snap you out of a funk like one of his goofy memes. Bad day? This guy will give you a hug, a pep talk and make you feel top of the world.

And he knows his fans. Yes, really. Guess who got an unprompted birthday wish? This girl (and no, I’ve not gotten over that even if it was three months ago). He’s incredibly generous, has a wicked sense of humour and is generally an all-round nice guy. Even if all the roles he gets are bad ones.

So yes, I have a little crush, but honestly don’t I have some pretty good reasons? Oh, fine, have him without a shirt. Shallow lot 😛


Misa Buckley is a sci fi geek who escapes the crazy of raising five children by creating imaginary characters who experience adventure, romance and really hot sex on their way to a happily-ever-after. You can keep up to date with Misa’s latest news by following her on Twitter or at her website.

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